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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: veech on 09-23-2006)
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Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

JohnnieNepal, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +9%

Mantooth, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of KYGunner
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice black features with dark brown edges, there was a large bubbly and lively head.

The scent is exceptionally weak but there are dry chocolate notes and lactose-sweetness.

Strong carbonated tastes and feel there's a wateriness that fills the mouth. Dry Graham cracker, dry chocolate and a plastic milkiness exist but get lost in the water.

I brought this to a bottle share and walked away embarrassed.

KYGunner, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DRBiser, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

OldTime, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark cola with very little cocoa head

very rich, full of toffee and caramel. light roasted malts.

very roasted through out. a nice subtle burnt charcoal flavor. light richness through out. a bit of burnt wood. a hint of citrus.

body is a bit thin but the carbonation is nice.

for the low ABV and big flavor, this is pretty good. i would love to have this again.

hooliganlife, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -18.3%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Brawley's in Charlotte, NC.

A - Black with very little light coming through. A big tan head with some lacing. Very inviting.

S - Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and a hint of hops.

T - Silky smooth with no rough edges. There's a small roasted flavor but it's nicely balanced. It's pretty dry and there's a mild hop bitterness that accompanies the malts.

M - Creamy but not especially think with a nice low carbonation.

D - Fun, flavorful and easy to drink. A nice NC beer.

GJ40, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours extremely dark brown, very dark chocolate. Murky brown highlights accent the sides of the glass. SMall white head disappears rather abruptly, leaving small pox of lacing, but nothing very impressive.

Aroma is mostly void. A bit of chocolate malt with a hint of breadiness. Nothing else.

Decent flavor. Slightly bitter. Chocolate malts are heavy up front with a bit of astringency. For some reason, this beer kind of tastes like the beers I have had from Foothills, like they use the same yeast or something.

Kind of astringent and chalky in the finish with some bitterness. Certainly not the best stout I have but I suppose this one is serviceable.

SaCkErZ9, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +9%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of GTB
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

GTB, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

kristougher, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing. Bottle from July 2011.

Appearance
Spidery889 lace is left crawling from a receding head. The beer is a thinner looking middle-roasted brown that collects a thin black.

Aroma
The nose is fruity and ashy. Some smoke wafts in and out.

Taste
There is an even roast that never quite reaches burnt or charred. Smoke is light, but adds a welcome ashiness to the flavor profile. The finish is woody/charcoal and grassy.

Mouthfeel
The body is thin, but the finish is nice and dry which plays off of the smoke and ashy flavors.

Overall
A decent one, I suppose. Nothing over the top, but nothing gross either.

MbpBugeye, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev +9%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber pours a near black with ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. The disconcertingly effervescent head with very large bubbles settles down within a couple of minutes, but not attractive and not a pleasant pour.

Aroma of roasted dark malts and dark chocolate, with some smoky wooden barrel in the background. A warm and robust aroma with good depth. The taste is more single dimensional and surprisingly astringent, with a bitterness that some may not enjoy as much. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected.

Purchased in North Carolina and a brewery I'm glad to have supported, but not a beer I’d choose over many other American Stouts.

hopsolutely, Mar 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

brother_kenneth, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

BigTrubble, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of claytong
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i was thinking this was an 09 but im not sure... best by is 7-11

appearance - dark dark brown with a decent mocha head dissipates and leaves minor lacing that stays forever.

smell - dark malts, bakers chocolate is minor, roasted malts, minor caramel

taste - similar but much more mellow

mouthfeel - thin but this is 5.8 stout im not use to it. and actually for that its thick and nicely carbonated especially for after best by

overall - nice beer for the style but i prefer oatmeal stouts just to more complexity and thicker bodies if i want a low abv and cheap price.

claytong, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black with a touch of brown. Not quite opaque. The head is off tan and moderate, but fades shortly leaving good brown lacing on the sides.

Chocolate malts fill the nose. In the background, there's a sense of licorice.

Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and the bittering of hops dance on the tongue. As it warms, and deep in the swallow, the coffee flavors really come out.

It tries and wants to be creamy and smooth, but it's just not. It's medium bodied and more bitter than you'd expect. Having said that, there is a certain crispness and dryness in the finish.

This beer has strong assertive flavors. It's relatively low in the ABV and it lacks the creaminess I'm looking for in a stout. Overall, better than average, but just shy of good.

RickS95, Jun 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

gratefulbeerhead, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle a courteous extra from Beerness. Thank you, Charlie.

Charcoal black with a nice tan fluff that drops and leaves spotty lace along the sides and surface

Loads of black malt dominate the nose. Behind lurks some dark chocolate, coffee, and hops. It's nice, but the black patent is so in your face that the others stars are dimmed by its massive shadow.

The taste is nearly a carbon copy of the nose. Bitterness greets front and center and remains throughout. Hops, in the form of citric orange, showcase themselves towards the back end but are merely a pleasant flicker before being beaten down the the bitter wave that carried them there. Some day old coffee pushes the edges as well, but it too quickly receives the monstrous malt bill's shepherd's crook and is removed stage left.

The mouthfeel here falls a bit short and some smooth creaminess might help to assuage the barrage.

The drinkability here is good, but I can't help wonder what this stout could be if the secondary flavors were allowed to showcase themselves a bit more. By no means unenjoyable, but there is potential here for much more.

BarrytheBear, Oct 25, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

robwestcott, Feb 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

IpeeA, Jul 24, 2012
Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.